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The Universal Homes Team

Andrew Crosby
Universal Homes |  | Andrew Crosby

Leading the team at Universal Homes Andrew has degrees in architecture and property. Having lived property development for over 20 years. This includes managing development teams in the private and public sector across dozens of projects. He is an outspoken advocate of advancing the development industry and building peoples futures. To this end he lectures property development at Unitec and is a founding board member of the Urban Development Institute of New Zealand.

m: 021 982 444
e: andrewc@universal.co.nz

Kennedy Tan
Universal Homes | Development Director | Kennedy Tan

Development Director

With 13 years of experience in the property industry, Kennedy is well versed in all facets of the industry including property development, sales & marketing, construction, and finance. He also works closely with the CEO and CFO on company budgets, forecasts, business plans and corporate strategies. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Property degree, as well as an MBA majoring in operations and management.

m: 021 786 468
e: kennedyt@universal.co.nz

Debbie Landale
Universal Homes | Chief Financial Officer | Debbie Landale

Chief Financial Officer

With a Bachelor of Commerce and over 30 years of financial experience at Universal, Debbie’s exceptional eye for detail, ability to accurately forecast present and future commitments, and stay on budget serves her well as our highly regarded Financial Controller. Debbie has also been involved with the development and implementation of new IT systems.

Dorothy Ju
Universal Homes | Operation and Compliance Director | Dorothy Ju

Operation and Compliance Director

With an Accounting degree and Project & Program Management background, Dorothy has extensive experience as a Finance Manager in property development for nearly six years, with a strong focus on internal control and risk management. She has been involved in various projects including luxury property, hotel, and commercial offices.

Sunil Prasad
Universal Homes | Project Director | Sunil Prasad

Project Director

Holding a NZ Certificate in Architectural Drafting and a Licenced Building Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in planning and design, Sunil leads large project developments for Universal Homes. With diverse experience including large commercial and residential developments, Sunil is passionate about creating beautiful, functional, affordable homes. Sunil’s career highlight is the planning and design of Universal Homes super lots in Hobsonville Point estate.

Grant Coutts
Universal Homes | Construction Manager | Grant Coutts

Construction Manager

Grant has been an experienced and passionate Construction Manager with Universal for over nearly 15 years. He manages our large teams of subcontractors and suppliers, and works very closely from the outset of projects with our design team to ensure achievement of appropriate pricing and optimum yields.

Mike Pearce
Universal Homes | Sales Manager | Mike Pearce

Sales Manager

Mike is Universal Homes’ dynamic Sales Manager, with 30+ years of experience in the residential industry. Mike has a Diploma in Business, majoring in real estate management, and knows exactly what it takes to build a referral base of satisfied customers.

Philippa Morris (PJ)
Universal Homes | Marketing | Philippa Morris (PJ)


Holding a Master’s in Business, majoring in Marketing, PJ is an experienced senior marketer who champions’ outstanding customer experiences led by insight and data. With over 15 years marketing experience including roles with Fletcher Building and Sky TV, PJ brings a passion for the construction industry and takes pride in developing and executing customer centric marketing strategies.

Cheryl Swainston
Universal Homes | Planning & Design Manager | Cheryl Swainston

Planning & Design Manager

Cheryl is a Licensed Building Practitioner (Design 2) with over 30 years’ experience in the building industry and has worked in New Zealand, Perth and London. She leads a team of over ten designers and has been involved with Universal for ten years.

Mandy Kelly
Universal Homes | Sales & Customer Care | Mandy Kelly

Sales & Customer Care

Our friendly customer service officer, Mandy, is committed to providing our clients with information and support from the start to the completion of your brand new home. She has an extensive background in both property and maintenance management, as well as many years of experience in all aspects of the customer service domain. She is an integral part of this department.

Kent Weeks
Universal Homes | Investment Manager | Kent Weeks

Investment Manager

With a Bachelor of Property & Commerce Conjoint from The University of Auckland, Kent is passionate about property development. Starting his career in Sydney working on large commercial and residential projects, Kent then returned to Auckland in 2016 where he guides Universal's investment strategy.  Kent's analytical skills, relationships and understanding of property development have been key in acquisitions of our Hobsonville Point, Northcote and Long Bay Estates.  Kent focusses on progressing our new property development initiatives and establishing relationships with current and potential development partners.

m: 021 750 712
e: kentw@universal.co.nz

Leo Xu
Universal Homes | Operations Manager | Leo Xu

Operations Manager

Leo graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Property and Commerce Conjoint. His practical experience from land acquisition to performance review adds great value to smoothing the operation process of the Residential Development projects in New Zealand. He has also been involved in CCRC project and has an in-depth study in Tourism Real Estate Industry in China. He is a meticulous and motivated operator with a keen interest and passion in property development.

Vincent Xu
Universal Homes | Human Resources | Vincent Xu

Human Resources

An experienced HR Business Partner with extensive knowledge and expertise across all facets of HR. Vincent has previously worked for several of the largest organisations in NZ with solid experience in both the Private and Public Sectors. Vincent’s passion here at Universal is to ensure a culture of continuous improvement - embracing HR Best Practice in property development and construction from around the world and applying here at Universal.

Mike Clark
Universal Homes | Senior Project Manager | Mike Clark

Senior Project Manager

Michael is a qualified builder with over 25 years’ experience in both residential and commercial construction. Using both his practical and procedural management skills, Mike enjoys seeing a job from start to finish. He is responsible for all our Northern Central and Southern Estates.

Shane Currie
Universal Homes | Senior Project Manager | Shane Currie

Senior Project Manager

Shane has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, is a qualified builder and operated his own company.  He has been with Universal for seven years now and lives and breathes our product, currently living in a Universal standalone property, not his first home with us. He has a vast knowledge and understanding of all facets of building and development.


Tony Putter
Universal Homes | Health & Safety Advisor | Tony Putter

Health & Safety Advisor

Tony joined Universal Homes after working as a Health & Safety Specialist in diverse industries for more than a decade. During this time Tony managed the health and safety of major construction projects and reviewed and implemented a number of H&S systems. He has a strong background in advance investigation, adult education, public safety and occupational Health and Safety.

Natalia Lessa
Universal Homes | Project Leader Architect | Natalia Lessa

Project Leader Architect

Natalia comes to Universal with eleven years overseas and New Zealand experience. She has a Master degree in Civil Construction Quality Management and Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planner. With her enthusiasm and passion, Natalia is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done to high standards. She is effectively multi-tasking to ensure that all projects are completed in a timely and effective manner.

Chris Maday
Universal Homes | Development Manager – Land | Chris Maday

Development Manager – Land

With over 30 years’ experience in the Land Development sector in Auckland both as a client and consultant, Chris brings a unique perspective to the Housing market that enables him to provide advice and project management to produce quality developments.

Trish Merryweather
Universal Homes | Consents Administrator | Trish Merryweather

Consents Administrator

With 12 years previous experience in council regulation, Trish is Universal Homes' ultra-efficient and personable consents administrator for all our housing developments across Auckland and the wider North Island.

Ling Su
Universal Homes | Sales Long Bay, Millwater & Red Beach | Ling Su

Sales Long Bay, Millwater & Red Beach

Relaxed and friendly, Ling brings with her the advantage of an extensive background in the real estate industry and knows the importance of ‘going the extra mile’. 

Maryanne Sikora
Universal Homes | Sales Long Bay, Millwater & Red Beach | Maryanne Sikora

Sales Long Bay, Millwater & Red Beach

Maryanne comes from a strong real estate and customer service background. Described as outgoing, with a sharp eye for detail, home buyers are guaranteed to find the answers they need about the advantages of buying in Millwater, Red Beach & Long Bay.

Srecko Urlich
Universal Homes | Sales Huapai and Northcote | Srecko Urlich

Sales Huapai and Northcote

Srecko joins Universal Homes with 25+ years’ experience in the new home construction and property development industry. His unique career path spans across all levels in the industry, from first home buyers through to the discretionary market.

Lisa Fleming
Universal Homes | Sales Hobsonville Point | Lisa Fleming

Sales Hobsonville Point

Lisa’s passion for property is evident through her interior design flare and attention to detail. Living locally, Lisa is vastly experienced in both the North Shore, Rodney and West area. Her friendly smile make her clients feel welcome and at ease with the building process.

Maryanne Bawden
Universal Homes | Sales Hobsonville Point | Maryanne Bawden

Sales Hobsonville Point

Maryanne offers home buyers all the advantages of her naturally friendly and helpful service, combined with her strong financial services background and untiring work ethic. With 23 years experience with Universal,  Maryanne knows the ‘ins and outs’ of the Universal home buying process from all angles, having been an assistant accountant before joining the Sales team.

Steve Lindsey
Universal Homes | Sales Hobsonville Point | Steve Lindsey

Sales Hobsonville Point

Steve is one of Universal Homes’ most successful and longstanding consultants, selling to date in excess of 700 homes and still going strong. Steve has been with Universal for over 25 years, and there is not much that he doesn’t know about the needs of customers when it comes to buying a new home.

Rachel Tizzard
Universal Homes | Sales Pukekohe / Papakura / Karaka | Rachel Tizzard

Sales Pukekohe / Papakura / Karaka

Friendly and passionate about property, Rachel was pleasantly surprised to find how enjoyable joining the sales team at Universal Homes has been. Rachel says - “Welcoming visitors to our elegant open homes across our Southern Estates doesn’t seem like work at all”.

Shelley Clark
Universal Homes | Sales West Hills | Shelley Clark

Sales West Hills

Shelley comes to Universal with an extensive background of sales and marketing experience over a range of industries. With her highly talented approach and professional personality, home buyers at West Hills can expect to be well looked after across every detail of their purchase.

Adrienne Hansen
Universal Homes | Sales West Hills | Adrienne Hansen

Sales West Hills

Adrienne has over 25 years’ experience in the building industry and has a wealth of sales knowledge. Having a builder for a husband, Adrienne understands the building process and knows how to transform a house into a home.

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